Defense rests officer's trial in black man's death

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Posted: Jul 12, 2016 5:57 PM
Defense rests officer's trial in black man's death

BALTIMORE (AP) — The defense has rested in the fourth trial of a Baltimore police officer in the death of a man whose broken neck in police custody provoked riots last year.

Lt. Brian Rice is the highest-ranking of six officers charged in Freddie Gray's death. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams dismissed an assault charge against him, but he still faces charges of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

Because Rice waived his right to a jury trial, Williams alone will decide whether to convict or acquit after closing arguments on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the driver of the van will get nearly $88,000 in back pay now that he has been found not guilty. Officer Caesar Goodson remains suspended, but now his pay is being restored pending an administrative review.